The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday said the theme for its party congress would be “spare no efforts and move forward (努力進前),” a term coined by Republic of China founding father Sun Yat-sen (孫逸仙), as it seeks to consolidate party unity and continue reforms.
KMT spokesman Yang Wei-chun (楊偉中) said the party would decorate the congress with Sun’s calligraphy as a reminder for all party members.
“We hope that the calligraphy will inspire the party to be more united and to continue with our reforms,” Yang said.
The KMT is to hold its delayed party congress at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium tomorrow.
President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) is to be formally sworn in for another term as KMT chairman at the event, following his re-election in July.
The party also plans to discuss a proposed revision of the party regulations, which seeks to make it mandatory for a KMT national president to serve as party chairman.
KMT heavyweights, including Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義), Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) and former KMT chairman Wu Poh-hsiung (吳伯雄), are all set to attend the event.
Ma’s interaction with Wang amid the ongoing lawsuit over Wang’s alleged inappropriate lobbying for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) is likely to be a highlight of the event.
Yang said Ma, Wang and major party officials would be seated in the front row at the event and that the party had not made any special seating arrangements.
Former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰) will be absent from the event due to a scheduled trip to the US.
A written statement by Lien will be read out at the event, the party said.
Ma, Wang and some KMT lawmakers had been invited to a lunch banquet hosted by local KMT Legislator Yen Kuan-hen (顏寬恆), the son of former Non-Partisan Solidarity Union legislator Yen Ching-piao (顏清標), but the lunch has been canceled due to security concerns over large-scale protests planned outside the venue, Yang said.